Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 15 March 2019 12:15 PM
Dog behaviour whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’ largely comes down to the way in which the dog has been communicated with. Correct communication is the best tool to strengthen your relationship with your dog. As humans, we often over complicate communication with our dog by chatting away to them like they are a fellow human, expecting our dog to understand. We need to remember that we have a complex verbal language. By recognising this, you can choose to communicate with your dog in a more effective way and in turn be rewarded for your efforts with a well behaved dog.

Often when your dog does not do as he/she is asked, you think he/she is choosing not to comply or ignoring you. It is simply that your dog does not fully understand the language that you are choosing to communicate with. Your dog’s ‘bad’ behaviour is usually the result of stress or frustration from his/her inability to understand and communicate with you.

Consider how dogs communicate with each other - mainly through body language. When your...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 1 March 2019 12:01 PM
Are you planning on adding a new four-legged member to your family, and want a well-behaved one? Well make yourself a cup of coffee and get nice and comfy, because this blog has been written for you….

With this month’s focus being about pet behaviour, we thought it would be a good time to focus on the most important time in a puppy’s life- when you want them to learn about how to be a well behaved and polite pup!

Starting off on the right paw!

Good behaviour starts even before you have chosen your new companion: it starts with you!

 We have come up with some tips below that you may find helpful to get you started on the right track!

Be sure to pick an appropriate breed for your family and life style – Undesirable behaviours often arise from pets being kept in the wrong environment. Research the breeds you are interested in and what they were originally bred for. This will give you a good idea of how much exercise they will need, how much grooming they will require,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 10 February 2019 2:09 PM
Now that summer is in full swing, our worst outdoor enemy is back! I’m sure you all know who I am talking about... Yes, that’s right... Mosquitoes! They ruin barbecues, buzz around your ears, steal your blood and leave behind a red and itchy mark. We all know mosquitoes are extremely annoying creatures, but did you know that they are potentially deadly to our four-legged family members too? These pesky creatures carry countless dangerous diseases to humans, and can carry and transmit diseases between our pets. In particular, the deadly parasite known as heartworm.



What is Heartworm?

As its name suggests, heartworm is a worm-like parasite that is found in the heart of both our kitty and pooch friends. Many people mistake Heartworm as a type of intestinal worm, but don’t be fooled! Heartworm significantly differs from all other worms and is the most dangerous type due to its fatal...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 4 February 2019 12:10 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Your dog loves you unconditionally… even when you yell at him/her, or accidently step on his/her toes. It is hard for your dog (and you) when you have to leave him/her at home. Most dogs cope fine with their owner leaving, even though they show those ‘puppy eyes’. However, a select few become distressed when separated from you. Separation anxiety starts when your dog anticipates your impending departure. As you are getting ready to leave (or even through the day as you moving around the house, away from your dog), you may notice your dog panting, drooling, pacing, whining, shadowing you and/or self-licking. Once gone, your dog will try everything to get out and find you. Displaying behaviours like barking/howling, house or yard destruction (mostly around doors/other exits), urinating and defecating around the house, and an excessive greeting when you return. Please note, that if your dog suffers from separation anxiety, he/she has no control over this behaviour. Separation anxiety most likely is due to a combination of genetics (with some dog breeds being more prone to fearfulness and anxiety) and previous experiences. It is a condition that needs to be treated. Unfortunately, your dog will not just get over it or outgrow it. If left untreated it will get worse. Punishing your dog (including shock or spray collars) will intensify the behaviour....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 2 February 2019 2:00 PM


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what a better time to discuss heart disease!  

Heart disease is a sad but tolerable condition for your dog. Although treatments cannot reverse heart disease, your dog can live a relatively normal life once diagnosed and on treatment. Aging is the most common reason dogs develop heart conditions, but other factors like heartworm can also lead to heart disease. Some breeds such as Boxers and Cavaliers are prone to getting Heart disease, but any pet, cat or dog, are at risk of developing this disease. 

Signs of heart disease:

Unfortunately, Heart disease isn’t easy to spot. It creeps up on our furry friends slowly and can take months or even years before recognisable symptoms occur.  Being able to recognise these symptoms early is the key! That way our Veterinarians...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 20 January 2019 9:31 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Spring and summer, with the warm, dry weather may lead to your dog getting an ear infection, maybe from a grass seed, skin allergy or after going for a cooling swim. Dogs often do not enjoy having their ears examined or ear drops applied, which can make treatment for ear infections very difficult. It is important to train your dog to allow handling of his/her ears. Ideally, when the ears are healthy so he/she learns that it is not a painful procedure.

It is best to incorporate checking and gentle cleaning your dog’s ears in your grooming routine. Use food or toys as rewards to both distract your pet and to make positive associations with ear handling

Offer your dog a food treat with one hand and reach out towards one ear with your other hand, while your dog is focused on the treat. Repeat this exercise several times until your dog shows no concern (flinching or avoiding when you attempt to touch his/her ear) on several consecutive occasions. Repeat with the other...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 10 January 2019 9:38 AM
                               

It is heating up outside! Is this hot weather getting to you? Do you feel yourself taking off some layers and sitting in the cool? Unfortunately for our pooches they don’t have the luxury of removing their large fur coats to cool them down in this dreaded heat.  Luckily, we have come up with some great tips you could try to help keep our beloved four-legged friends cool in this hot weather.

Tip 1:  Multiple water supplies – Seems pretty straight forward, but on hot days it is easy for the one bowl to be knocked over or evaporated. Be sure to have extra water sources available to your pooch on hot days.  It also might be nice adding ice bricks to the water before you leave for work. This will help keep the water cooler and fresher for longer.

Tip 2: Air-conditioning – Sometimes the shade is enough but on days with extreme...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 3 January 2019 9:46 AM
Summer! It is well and truly here! After the last couple days of extreme heat, we will soon be wishing for winter! We all love summer and no doubt are pet’s do too! With the long summer days and balmy nights we are often out and about with our pets, more than other times during the year. Trips to the river or beach are the most fun! But with the heat comes the “common” but serious summer hazards which you need to be mindful of when it comes to our furry companions. So we wanted to get in first with some clear summer hazards you need to watch out for:

 

Heat Stroke

It can be easy for our frisky companions to overdo it in the heat. Unlike us, our pets cannot sweat over their full bodies; they can only produce a tiny amount of sweat through their little toepads. Therefore they rely on panting to get rid of the hot air. This...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 14 December 2018 8:01 AM


Can you believe it’s under 2 weeks ‘til Christmas? This year has flown by so fast! Even though we get busy with family and friend catch up’s and attending many over-catered yet delicious dinners, it definitely is the most wonderful time of the year. And what better time to spoil our beloved fur-kids! There are always great opportunities to spoil them with new toys, beds, treats, fun visits to the river or beach and even decking them out in adorable little Christmas outfits! The biggest opportunity our pets have to be spoilt is on Christmas day when we are all gathered for the Christmas day lunch! There’s usually meat, roast veggies, salads, gravy and sauces, and who could forget Mum’s mouthwatering Christmas pudding!

Even though our pets give us those puppy-dog eyes, or use their seductive affection and purring techniques, we should restrain from feeding our beloved animals food from our plates. Some foods can be very rich and fatty, like meat from the BBQ, fatty cuts of meat and marrow bones. This can cause them to develop a condition called Pancreatitis. Every year our loving vets see many pets around Christmas time because of this condition, and it’s usually caused by them sneaking something off the dinner table! Even though it may seem like a cute or nice idea at the time, Pancreatitis can be fatal so must be treated very seriously.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 December 2018 9:16 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Christmas and holiday safety

With the festive season approaching, our dogs often get left home alone, or if they are lucky enough to attend the family celebrations; may become a nuisance. Either scenario will require you to ensure your dog’s have plenty to keep them busy throughout the day to allow you to have a relaxing day with your family.

Most of you probably have your house and backyard full of toys for your dog to play with. These toys are often enjoyed by your dog while you are around to show off to. But not so much when you are not home or requires you to pay full attention interacting with the toy and   your dog. By offering toys that involve food your dog will be interested in playing with the toy for longer, by themselves. These ideas do not need to be use only as an entertainment method while you are busy, but may act as a fun Christmas (or any day of the year) activity for your dog to enjoy.

Firstly, it is best to eliminate your dog’s food bowl for that day in order to utilise their days’ worth of kibble for entertainment through the day. Below are some ideas of feeding your dog in to keep him/her busy and entertained without overfilling them with naughty treats. 

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